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The Mechanical Mind in History$
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Phil Husbands, Owen Holland, and Michael Wheeler

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262083775

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262083775.001.0001

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D’Arcy Thompson: A Grandfather of A-Life1

D’Arcy Thompson: A Grandfather of A-Life1

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The Mechanical Mind in History
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Margaret A. Boden

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DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262083775.003.0003

In 1917 D’Arcy Thompson published his celebrated book On Growth and Form. This chapter discusses how this pioneering work of mathematical biology, in which Thompson sought to develop a quantitative approach to biological forms and processes of growth, not only helped to pave the way for modern theoretical biology but also prefigured the contemporary field of artificial life (or A-Life)—the study of life in general, abstract terms. As well as influencing Alan Turing’s work on morphogenesis, it emphasized the embodied nature of natural intelligence, a theme that has become increasingly central to contemporary cognitive science.

Keywords:   mathematical biology, theoretical biology, artificial life, natural intelligence, cognitive science

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